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  • Finlay Bealham

    Finlay Bealham

    DoB1991-10-09 BirthplaceCanberra Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight123 kg (19 st 5 lb) PositionProp

    Finlay Bealham
  • Rory Best

    Rory Best

    DoB1982-08-15 BirthplaceCraigavon Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight106 kg (16 st 9 lb) PositionHooker

    BEST emerged from RWC2011 with an enhanced reputation, he initially muscled his way into the Irish starting XV for the 2006 wins over South Africa and Australia.

    The Poyntzpass man shared the No.2 jersey with Jerry Flannery during the 2009 Grand Slam run, coming up with some big plays in all five games.

    Captained Ireland in 2012 RBS Six Nations against Scotland and England.

    Rory Best
  • Sean Cronin

    Sean Cronin

    DoB1986-05-06 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight101 kg (15 st 12 lb) PositionHooker

    CRONIN made his name with the Ireland underage and ‘A’ squads before making his senior bow in November 2009.

    Went on to make his first start in the 2010 Summer Test against the All Blacks.

    Joined Leinster from Connacht at beginning of the 2011/12 season and has featured regularly for both province and country throughout the past three seasons.

    Sean Cronin
  • Ultan Dillane

    Ultan Dillane

    DoB1993-11-09 BirthplaceParis Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight115 kg (18 st 1 lb) PositionLock

    - Born in Paris, France, but raised in Tralee, Co. Kerry, Dillane earned his first three Connacht caps in interprovincial derbies last season, quickly marking himself out as a talented and athletic second row

    - The dreadlocked Connacht Academy graduate, who signed a two-year contract with the province twelve months ago, tried a number of sports as a child. It was actually a five euro bribe from his mother, Kerry woman Ellen, that convinced himself and his brother Cian to try out rugby at Tralee RFC and he was soon hooked

    - Dillane has played 18 times for Connacht so far, including 10 appearances during the current campaign. He made his European debut against Enisei-STM in sub-zero temperatures in Siberia in November, and followed up with PRO12 starts against Munster, Ulster and the Scarlets

    - He is a proud product of Munster Junior club Tralee RFC and has lined out for Galway side Corinthians in the Ulster Bank League, including earlier this season against Nenagh Ormond

     
    Ultan Dillane
  • Keith Earls

    Keith Earls

    DoB1987-10-02 BirthplaceMoyross Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb) PositionUniversal Back

    A VERSATILE back with bags of pace, Earls was a member of Ireland’s Grand Slam-winning U20 team in 2007.

    Son of Young Munster legend Ger, Keith made his senior Ireland debut in 2008 at Thomond Park, marking the occasion with a try.

    Toured in 2009 with the B&I Lions and was Ireland’s top try-scorer at RWC2011 with five.

    Keith Earls
  • Tadhg Furlong

    Tadhg Furlong

    DoB1992-11-14 BirthplaceWexford Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight119 kg (18 st 10 lb) PositionProp

    Tadhg Furlong
  • Craig Gilroy

    Craig Gilroy

    DoB1991-03-11 BirthplaceBelfast Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight91 kg (14 st 4 lb) PositionWing

    GILROY first played for Ireland in a non-cap international against the Barbarians in May 2012, scoring two tries.

    Followed this up by starring for Ireland XV – again in an uncapped match – against Fiji in November 2012, where he scored three tries before again touching down on his full Test debut a week later.

    Ulster Young Player of the Year for season 2011/12, Gilroy scored the first ever try at the Aviva Stadium in July 2010.

    Craig Gilroy
  • Matt Healy

    Matt Healy

    DoB1989-03-14 BirthplaceDublin Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight92 kg (14 st 6 lb) PositionWing

    Matt Healy
  • Jamie Heaslip

    Jamie Heaslip

    DoB1983-12-15 BirthplaceTiberias Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight110 kg (17 st 4 lb) PositionNo. 8

    SON of former Shannon player Richard Heaslip, a Colonel in the Irish Army, Jamie made the senior Ireland number 8 jersey his own during the 2008 6 Nations.

    Enjoyed a great year in 2009, winning his first Heineken Cup with Leinster, while starring for Ireland in their Grand Slam run and being nominated for the 2009 IRB World Player of the Year.

    Succeeded Brian O’Driscoll as Ireland captain for the 2012/2013 season.

    Jamie Heaslip
  • Iain Henderson

    Iain Henderson

    DoB1992-02-21 BirthplaceCraigavon Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight121 kg (19 st 0 lb) PositionLock

    A TALENTED forward who can play in both the second and back rows, Henderson made his senior debut for Ulster in April 2012.

    A member of the Ulster Academy, the Queens player has previously represented Ulster and Ireland at U19 and U20 level.

    Made his first appearance for Ireland in the 2012 Guinness Series and has added a further five caps since.

    Iain Henderson
  • Robbie Henshaw

    Robbie Henshaw

    DoB1993-06-12 BirthplaceAthlone Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight103 kg (16 st 3 lb) PositionCentre / Full Back

    Robbie Henshaw
  • Paddy Jackson

    Paddy Jackson

    DoB1992-01-05 BirthplaceBelfast Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight87 kg (13 st 9 lb) PositionFly Half

    JACKSON was included in the Ireland Junior World Championship squad in 2011 and also went on to captain the U20s in their 2012 Six Nations campaign.

    Made the starting line up for Ulster in their 2012 Heineken Cup semi-final and final before starting for Ireland XV against Fiji in November 2012, where he contributed 13 points from out-half.

    Earned his full cap in 2013 6 Nations against Scotland.

    Paddy Jackson
  • Dave Kilcoyne

    Dave Kilcoyne

    DoB1988-12-14 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight112 kg (17 st 8 lb) PositionProp

    A PRODUCT of the Munster Academy, Kilcoyne made the stepup to the Munster first team last season and has more than held his own since making his international bow in November 2012.

    Strong in the scrum and impressive in the loose, the former Ireland Schools international has been tipped by provincial coach Rob Penney to have a long career in the green of Ireland.

    Dave Kilcoyne
  • Ian Madigan

    Ian Madigan

    DoB1989-03-21 BirthplaceDublin Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb) PositionFly Half

    Ian Madigan
  • Kieran Marmion

    Kieran Marmion

    DoB1992-02-11 BirthplaceBarking Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight84 kg (13 st 3 lb) PositionScrum Half

    Kieran Marmion
  • Luke Marshall

    Luke Marshall

    DoB1991-03-03 BirthplaceBallymoney Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight100 kg (15 st 9 lb) PositionCentre

    SPENT the early stages of his career primarily playing at outhalf but has since grown into a playmaker role at inside centre.

    Marhsall was called into his first senior Ireland squad a bright opening to the 2012/13 season with Ulster and scored a try in the non-capped game against Fiji before appearing three further times in the 2013 6 Nations.

    Luke Marshall
  • Jack McGrath

    Jack McGrath

    DoB1989-10-11 BirthplaceDublin Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight118 kg (18 st 8 lb) PositionProp

    DUBLIN prop McGrath is a graduate of the Leinster Academy having made a name for himself as a teenager playing Schools Cup with St Mary’s College.

    A regular in the front row for the Ireland U20s in recent seasons, this is McGrath’s first call up to the senior squad.

    Jack McGrath
  • Jordi Murphy

    Jordi Murphy

    DoB1991-04-22 BirthplaceBarcelona Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight106 kg (16 st 9 lb) PositionFlanker

    Jordi Murphy
  • Conor Murray

    Conor Murray

    DoB1989-04-20 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight94 kg (14 st 10 lb) PositionScrum Half

    A STRONG finish to the 2010-11 season with Munster saw the scrum-half called into the Ireland squad for the RWC2011, and he went on to play four times at the tournament in New Zealand.

    Tall, quick and strong and hailing from Patrickswell, Limerick, Murray has enjoyed a meteoric rise since making his competitive debut for Munster in April 2010.

    A very succesful Lions tourist to Australia in 2013.

    Conor Murray
  • Tiernan O'Halloran

    Tiernan O'Halloran

    DoB1991-02-26 BirthplaceGalway Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight96 kg (15 st 1 lb) PositionWing / Full Back

    Tiernan O'Halloran
  • Stuart Olding

    Stuart Olding

    DoB1993-03-11 BirthplaceBelfast Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight94 kg (14 st 11 lb) PositionCentre

    Stuart Olding
  • Jared Payne

    Jared Payne

    DoB1985-10-13 BirthplaceTauranga Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight96 kg (15 st 1 lb) PositionFull Back

    Jared Payne
  • Eoin Reddan

    Eoin Reddan

    DoB1980-11-20 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight83 kg (13 st 1 lb) PositionScrum Half

    IRELAND’S first choice scrumhalf during RWC2007, Reddan’s consistent displays for club and country marked him out as one of Europe’s best No 9s.

    Enjoyed spells at Munster (twice), Connacht and Wasps before signing for Leinster in 2009.

    Has since tasted European Cup glory twice with Leinster and continues to be a valuable squad member for both province and country.

    Eoin Reddan
  • Sean Reidy

    Sean Reidy

    DoB1989-05-10 BirthplaceAuckland Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight105 kg (16 st 7 lb) PositionBack Row

    Sean Reidy
  • Mike Ross

    Mike Ross

    DoB1979-12-21 BirthplaceCork Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight127 kg (19 st 13 lb) PositionProp

    A KEY man in the Irish scrum, Ross made his name playing in the English Premiership for Harlequins.

    The former Cork Constitution player made the move from Munster and played for four years at the highest level in England.

    Joined up with Leinster in 2009 and made his Ireland debut on the 2009 Summer tour to Canada and the USA. An ever present for Ireland throughout last season.

    Mike Ross
  • Quinn Roux

    Quinn Roux

    DoB1990-10-30 BirthplacePretoria Height1.96 m (6' 5") Weight122 kg (19 st 2 lb) PositionLock

    Quinn Roux
  • Rhys Ruddock

    Rhys Ruddock

    DoB1990-11-13 BirthplaceDublin Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight111 kg (17 st 6 lb) PositionBack Row

    Rhys Ruddock, the son of former Leinster and Wales coach Mike Ruddock, declared for Ireland, his mother's home and his country of birth, having represented Wales at U-18 Level.

    He made his debut for the Ireland U-20s in 2009 and played alongside older brother Ciaran in the team.

    A member of the Leinster academy he has been named in the full Leinster squad for the 2010/11 season having made a few appearences for them this year.

    He captained the Ireland U-20s in the 09/10 season and led them to a Championship with wins over England, Wales, Italy and Scotland.

    On tour at the Junior World Championship in Argentina he was called up to the senior squad in New Zealand and lined out against the New Zealand Maori.

    Rhys Ruddock
  • Donnacha Ryan

    Donnacha Ryan

    DoB1983-12-11 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight114 kg (17 st 13 lb) PositionLock / Flanker

    EQUALLY effective in the second and back rows, Ryan began his career with Nenagh Ormond before earning a spot in the Munster Academy.

    A Heineken Cup winner, Ryan won his first Ireland cap in 2008, having previously won caps at Youth, Under 21 and ‘A’ level.

    Featured three times during the RWC2011 in New Zealand and continues to grow in stature having cemented a starting spot in the second row in recent seasons.

    Donnacha Ryan
  • Johnny Sexton

    Johnny Sexton

    DoB1985-07-11 BirthplaceDublin Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight92 kg (14 st 6 lb) PositionFly Half

    DUBLINER Sexton really came of age during Leinster’s successful Heineken Cup run in 2009, starring in the final win over Leicester.

    Later that year he scored all 15 points in Ireland’s win over South Africa. Joined French side Racing Metro at start of 2013/14 season after hugely successful spell with Leinster.

    First choice out-half for the Lions on their successful tour of Australia in 2013.

    Johnny Sexton
  • CJ Stander

    CJ Stander

    DoB1990-04-05 BirthplaceGeorge Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight114 kg (17 st 13 lb) PositionBack Row

    - One of the most consistent performers at provincial level in recent seasons, Stander was honoured as the first overseas player to win the Munster Rugby Player of the Year award at the tail-end of the 2014/15 campaign

    - The powerfully-built back rower racked up seven man-of-the-match awards for Munster last season and has emerged as a real leader and inspirational captain for the Reds in the absence of Paul O'Connell and Peter O'Mahony

    - The former South African Under-20 captain moved to Munster in October 2012 having played 16 times for the Bulls at Super Rugby level. He grew up on his family's dairy and vegetable farm in Grootboom, near George in South Africa, and became Irish-qualified by residency following the recent Rugby World Cup

    - Signed a two-year contract extension last month, which will see him remain at Munster until at least June 2018. Scored his 23rd try on his 75th appearance for Munster against Stade Francais last week
     
    CJ Stander
  • Richardt Strauss

    Richardt Strauss

    DoB1986-01-29 BirthplacePretoria Height1.73 m (5' 8") Weight101 kg (15 st 12 lb) PositionHooker

    Richardt Strauss
  • Devin Toner

    Devin Toner

    DoB1986-06-29 BirthplaceMoynalvey,Co Meath Height2.08 m (6' 10") Weight124 kg (19 st 7 lb) PositionLock

    ONE of the tallest rugby players around the former Castleknock College player has established himself with Leinster in recent seasons and made his senior Ireland bow in November 2010 against Samoa.

    Made his first 6 Nations appearances in 2013 against Scotland Italy and followed this up with further appearances on the Summer Tour to USA and Canada.

    Devin Toner
  • Andrew Trimble

    Andrew Trimble

    DoB1984-10-20 BirthplaceBelfast Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight99 kg (15 st 8 lb) PositionWing

    CAPPED initially at Ireland Schools and Under 21s levels, Trimble is comfortable on the wing or at centre.

    Part of Ireland’s RWC2007 squad but had not featured in the Six Nations for two years before starting the opening match of the 2010 campaign against Italy.

    Featured five times at RWC2011 and started each of Ireland’s games in the 2012 Six Nations.

    Andrew Trimble
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